The Minnesota Vikings are like a lot of NFL teams in 2021 in that their game days have been stressful. They've just taken it to an extreme.
The Vikings beat the Seattle Seahawks 30-17 in Week 3, but their other 10 games have been settled by one score, with many of those coming down to one play determining the result.
"That's the NFL, and that's kind of how it is," Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said with a shrug. "We had several games come down to one play."
The NFL's other 31 teams haven't had it quite like the Vikings but can relate. Consider:
Twenty-five games this season have been decided on the final play, the most through 12 weeks since the 1970 merger.
Thirty-five games have had the winning score come in the final minute of regulation or overtime, the fourth most through 12 weeks since 1970.
So while the Vikings might be ground zero for close games determined by one play, they're not alone.
The race for this year's Super Bowl championship seems as open as ever. Through 12 weeks, nine teams had Super Bowl odds at 13-1 or shorter, matching the most teams with odds that short in the past six years.